Last week Dave Chappelle took the stage in Hartford, CT as part of Funny or Die’s Oddball Festival. But after being heckled with references from Chappelle’s Show and other projects, the renowned comedian stopped performing and, instead, spent most of the 25-minute set making small talk with audience members in the front rows, smoking a cigarette, and even reading a book. Ive been up here a while now and I thought it was me but now Im sure its you. There is definitely something wrong with you,” he reportedly told the audience.
Chappelle was back on stage in Chicago Saturday night, but still fuming over the Hartford performance. As The Laugh Button reports, he unleashed a vicious tirade against the city, saying, I swear to God it wasnt my fault and I promise you, contrary to popular belief, that Im not on drugs.”
He continued: “I will never go back. I wont even go back to Hartford for fuckin gas. I dont want anything bad to happen to the United States, but if North Korea drops a bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands on Hartford, Connecticut, onstage at that fuckin arena.
Chappelle added that the audience was evil and full of Suburban torturers. Young white alcoholics. Just booin and talkin all kinds of shit. I wanted to pull like a reverse Kramer, just call em all crackers or something like that. Stating, That shit in Hartford was bad! You know that crowd feels lucky that they got to see me freak out. Its just like being at the fuckin tiger show the night Siegfried & Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger. Its fucked up, but I know thats why you go to the tiger show.
Update: The Mayor of Hartford issued a response on Twitter today: “Dave Chappelle should quit whining, do his job and try some yoga. #HartfordHasIt”
Here’s audio of the rant:
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